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17 December 2004: Cardinal Rules for Administrators (6 of 6)

Even though my administrator seems bent on destroying morale, I love my job. Since the beginning of my career, I have been quick to point out to critics that public school districts have not disappointed me. They have only met my expectations in terms of red tape and incompetence. These things make my job more difficult, but they donít make me hate it. The truth is, I didnít go into education because I thought I would be appreciated and taken care of. More than anything else, my job satisfaction is tied to my students. When they grow, I fall in love with them all over again. Today I was asked if the US were the good guys or the bad guys in WWII. Just the fact that Bryan was able to consider that maybe we werenít always right on international issues puts him years beyond most fourth graders. Today I had six student experts leading small groups for the rest of the class to review key concepts in math curriculum. Today I saw students solve their own problems by using effective communication and respect. These are the things I love about my job. This is why Iím here.

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Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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